Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he is the underdog in the title fight as the 2016 season draws to a close.
With just two rounds remaining, Hamilton sits 19 points adrift of Nico Rosberg in the championship standings, meaning that if Nico Rosberg wins the Brazilian Grand Prix next weekend, he will be world champion regardless of Hamilton's result.
"I don’t think you can prepare for losing. I don’t think you can prepare to lose, but I have experienced it before. I lost in 2007, I know it won’t be as painful as it was then," Hamilton said of the potential of losing the championship. "I’ve lost many races, I’ve lost championships through my career so it’s not like I haven’t experienced it. I’m in the scenario right now I know that there’s more of a chance that I’ll lose it than I'll win it."
"It’s hard to swallow, but it is what it is," he insisted. "I’ll move on, I’ve still got three so I just really hope that next year I don’t have the reliability problems."
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